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6,719 reads | 0 comments | 01/27/2011
Recognizing the rise of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and its role in infections acquired in the hospital and community, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first guidelines on treating MRSA. | Continue reading

10,431 reads | 0 comments | 12/28/2010
Are Silver Dressings Worth The Expense? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor While there are a fair number of wound dressings that utilize the antibacterial properties of silver, a new study in Advances in Skin and Wound Care suggests the only difference between silver dressings and a less expensive gauze dressing may be the cost. | Continue reading

7,566 reads | 1 comments | 11/19/2010
CPME Adopts Three-Year Residency Standard By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) recently approved residency changes that spell an end to the two- and three-year PM&S-24 and PM&S-36 programs. Starting July 1, 2011, podiatric residency programs will consist of a standard three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) program. | Continue reading

7,379 reads | 0 comments | 10/21/2010
Study Assesses Long-Term Results Of Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor After patients have failed conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis, radiofrequency nerve ablation (RFNA) may be an effective option. A recent study in Foot and Ankle Specialist notes that patients have been pain free for up to 12 years after RFNA. | Continue reading

6,609 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2010
Can Advanced Therapies Speed Healing Of DFUs? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor Given that diabetic foot ulcers can result in complications as devastating as amputation, timely healing of such ulcers is critical. A new study in the Archives of Dermatology cites the benefits of advanced biological therapies.    The study focused on 2,517 patients with diabetic neuropathic foot ulcers who received advanced biological therapy via Apligraf (Organogenesis), becaplermin (Regranex, Systagenix Wound Management) or Procuren (Cytomedix). | Continue reading

7,069 reads | 0 comments | 08/19/2010
Can DPMs Have An Impact On The Multidisciplinary Team For Patients With Diabetes? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor When treating at-risk patients with diabetes, a multidisciplinary team can be invaluable in averting complications such as lower extremity amputation. A recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association says early identification and referral to a podiatric limb preservation team can improve the survival rate of at-risk patients with diabetes. | Continue reading

5,947 reads | 0 comments | 07/22/2010
Online Poll: Not Enough Emphasis On Biomechanics In Podiatric Education By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor The emphasis on biomechanics in podiatric education has been the subject of debate recently due to potential changes in the CPME 320 residency requirements. In a recent Podiatry Today online poll, 65 percent of poll respondents said there is not enough focus on biomechanics in podiatric education. | Continue reading

8,616 reads | 0 comments | 06/22/2010
New Study Shows Efficacy Of Laser Therapy For Onychomycosis By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor Given the common prevalence of onychomycosis, the emergence of new laser devices to help treat this disease has been an intriguing development. A recently published study suggests that laser therapy may have a role in the treatment armamentarium for onychomycosis. | Continue reading

6,467 reads | 0 comments | 05/20/2010
How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Your Patients And Practice? Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor During the protracted battle over healthcare reform, there was no shortage of opinion on either side of the issue on whether the reform would help or hurt patients and doctors. Now that President Obama has signed the reform into law, how will it affect both podiatric patients and practices? | Continue reading

6,208 reads | 0 comments | 04/26/2010
Do Age And Weight Factor Into Success With Total Ankle Replacements? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor In recent years, surgeons have looked to total ankle replacements to abate pain caused by such conditions as ankle arthritis. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery examines which patient conditions may facilitate better range of motion (ROM) and function following ankle replacement. | Continue reading